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Food Science and Nutrition - Level 3 Diploma at Allerton High School

Course description

The Level 3 diploma is taught over 2 years and the Certificate is taught in the 1st year.

The food industry is one of the largest on the planet, and people will always have to eat. This means if you are working anywhere along the food supply chain, you will always have a job. Although there are food companies that close or have layoffs, chances are you can apply your skills to other foods or processes.

When working in the food industry, there are literally thousands of different jobs available. You aren’t limited to lab work or a desk job. There is something for everyone, whether it be in quality, sales, marketing, manufacturing, teaching or in government.

If you love food you will definitely enjoy working in this industry. Whether you are creating exciting new products, testing products for quality, or doing research, you will be exposed to amazing food. You will discover dishes and flavor combinations you have never even knew existed.

Course content

Level 3 Certificate – 1 Year

Unit 1 Meeting nutritional needs of specific groups

(i) External assessment

90 minute examination plus 15 minutes reading time

Unit 1 Meeting nutritional needs of specific groups

(ii) Internal assessment 

Be able to plan production of complex dishes and Be able to cook complex dishes

Practical skills test based on a specific scenario e.g. Restaurant in an University town.

Level 3 Diploma – 2 years

Unit 2: Ensuring food is safe to eat (Mandatory)

Model assignment; externally assessed

“You are a full time permanent employees of Easy eats and have recently been promoted to the Catering manager for this event All other staffing will be supplied by an agency, on a casual contract basis.  As Unit Manager it is your responsibility to train staff and produce a risk assessment for the event. Training materials will be issued prior to the event and the risk assessment will be used by the operations team to plan the resources needed and will be available on site for staff for reference.”

Unit 3: Experimenting to solve food production problems (optional)

Model assignment: internally assessed

“The Nothing New Dairy is assessing customer satisfaction of their products.  They have set up a blog for customers and each month they formally review the comments made, and any other complaints they have received. Their newer flavour ice creams have caused concerns, therefore the development team have to investigate and solve any problems. 

Unit 4: Current issues in Food science and nutrition (optional)

Model assignment: internally assessed

Learners have the opportunity to research an issue in relation to Food, Science and Nutrition that is of interest to them.

Suggestions for project titles

Is it easier to avoid obesity by following a vegetarian diet?

Does the provision of a school breakfast club improve concentration levels?

Is it possible to have a balanced diet on a low budget?

Does the current trend for juicing provide a healthy balanced diet?

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 or equivalent including English and Maths and to include one of the following:-

Grade 5 in Hospitality and Catering, Food and Nutrition along with grade 4/4 in Science.


Year 1

September – November – Skill building

November – March – Unit 1 internal assessment

You will be given a task set by the exam board and you will need to plan, cook and evaluate a range of complex dishes. You will be given 9 ½ hours to complete this assessment in exam conditions.

March – May – Unit 1 external assessment preparation

Exam preparation and technique

Year 2

September – November – Unit 2 internal assessment

You will be given a task set by the exam board and you will need to produce a food safety resource and a risk assessment for the task. You will be given 8 hours to complete this assessment in exam conditions.

November – May – Unit 3 or 4

Food investigation 

Future opportunities

What can I do with Food Science and Nutrition? Study further, work in catering, nutritionist, dietician, food teacher, EHO, food scientist, food technician and lots more.........or just enjoy good food! 

Further information

Need more information?  Contact Mrs Ashton or Mrs Tidman at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770